Morning Devotion: Questions and Answers
Question: Should a believer worry? Answer: No.

The word of God gives us good instruction when to worry, we are not to worry but trust in the Lord and His word.

The doesn’t mean we cannot plan for the future. All of our plans should be made according to the will of God. James 4:13  Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Worry and planning are different things altogether.

When one worries, they have a tendency to become down and depressed. Their strength is week and the may even develop physical and medical issues.

God tell us to give our worries to Him. Philippians 4:6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
1 Peter 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Matthew 6:25  ¶Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Our cares of life should always be given to the Lord. The answers to those cares are always found in God’s word.

God tells us worry is vain, but to trust in the Lord is a peaceful thing.  Psalms 127:2  It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

When a believer worries, they are really telling God that they do not believe. They are telling God that their troubles are greater than God can handle.

I am reminded of Daniel chapter three where three men were commanded to worship a golden image set up by the government of that time.

Daniel 3:1  Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.

People were commanded to follow the edict and worship this image. If they did not, they would be burned alive.

Daniel 3:4  Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, 5  That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: 6  And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

There some believers who did not worship the image and refused to bow down. There were also those who saw it a accused them to the king. Daniel 3:12-13

When they were brought before the king to answer for themselves, they had great resolve to follow God.

Daniel 3:14  Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?

Daniel 3:16  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

They did not worry about their dilemma; they simply trusted the Lord. God blessed them and even visited them in their plight.

Daniel 3:24  Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 25  He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

When you are tempted to worry, trust the Lord, it will all work out.

Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The choice is still yours,
Pastor Cook